Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
publisher: Balzer & Bray
release date: April 17th, 2012
hardcover, 352 pages
intended audience: Young adult
source: sent from publisher for honest review
description:What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?
And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?
When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.
Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.
Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.
As the saying goes all small towns have their secrets. But this one takes the cake, or the cupcake! i will say this book Glimmer is a refreshing change of place. it has a new and fresh storyline, on of which i have never read or even heard about.
A small love story in a small town of secrets. Marshall and Elyse are baffled by their loss of memory and that of the people around them. They find themselves throughout the story completely frustrated by the fact that no one has a bad memory. Even in that happy Summer Falls a beautiful idealistic tourist town filled with perfect weather, perfect people, and perfect scenery there has to be one unpleasant thing! Soon they realize that in all of that perfection, true evil lurks and they soon realize the hell that they are trapped in. Surrounded by zombie-like people (emotionless, memory-less souls) its up to them and only them to figure out what is happening to their family and their town. And they soon realize that the small town is filled to the brim with ghosts and secrets of its own.
I will say at times its hard to see the abuse that is happening to Elyse but it make your root for her that much more.
The ending has an unforeseen twist that keeps you engrossed and totally baffled to the end. I love the twist of "happy mindless Zombies" for it bridges a whole new way to explore the wonderful world of zombies.
Although it doesn't hit my favorite topics of witches, vampires, or the mysteries of the dead, it did hit upon a new world of paranormalcy with a refreshing splash.